Bebe Gandanghari draws flak

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 06 2009 09:36 AM | Updated as of Feb 06 2009 08:25 PM

It seems like people can’t still get enough of Bebe Gandanghari.

Weeks after former matinee idol Rustom Padilla caused a stir in show business after changing his name to Bebe Gandanghari, supposedly to emphasize that he is now a woman, people are still talking about him.

Some expressed happiness while some still preferred to see the old Padilla.

Stand-up comedian Vice Ganda was among those who were not enthusiastic over his new image.

“Super love ko ‘yong buhay na Rustom, bago pa pinatay. Ang creepy, sino bang pumatay kay Rustom?” he said, referring to Gandanghari’s statement declaring that Padilla is dead.

“Hindi siya proud na bading siya... si Rustom nag bakla pero hindi na daw siya si Rustom, siya si Bebe na babae,” Vice Ganda added.

Vice Ganda said Gandanghari has become the butt of a joke even among gays. 

“nag-modeling school sa New York yata...parang bakit magmomodela? Ngayon siya magmomodela nasa 40s? Di ba parang medyo may edad na!” Vice Ganda said.

He added that he is also not a fan of Gandanghari when it comes to the latter’s choice of clothes. 

“Hindi naman pangit si Bebe, although may kabaduyan… feeling ko mahal ‘yong mga suot niya, mismatch lang. Mas maganda siguro kung poging hari o gandang reyna,” he said.

Beauty expert Ricky Reyes is also not happy with Gandanghari’s transformation.

“Ang pagka-babae ng isang bading ay dapat sa sarili lamang niya… ayoko ng bawat bading dito sa Pilipinas ay parang matsing sa hawla na pinaglalaruan at pinagtatawanan,” Reyes said.

He also advised Bebe against wearing too much make-up.

"Don't put so much make-up," Reyes said.

In his interviews, Gandanghari said he would respect other people’s opinion following his decision to change his image but he said he hoped the public would also accept the new him.